The Plot So Far:
「CALL & RESPONSE」
「SEARCH & DESTROY」
「HIDE & SEEK」
「READY OR NOT」
“I came to settle things with you.
“I was surprised to find that you made a friend. But that just means you have more weaknesses.
If there’s ever been an episode of this series that made me sit back and think, it was this one. Sadly, it’s not entirely for good reasons, and this whole affair with Five leaves me somewhat disappointed. Zankyou no Terror is still an entertaining affair, but the development’s taken a tumble following a promising start. I mean come on, I know you’re excited about the whole chess in an airport concept, but knights simply don’t move the way you’ve depicted it on screen!
In all seriousness though, Five’s arrival on the scene was something I quite liked. Unlike the Police Department, she was someone that could give Sphinx the challenge they were looking for, and I felt that her involvement would only escalate this series’ story to heights it couldn’t have reached otherwise. Three episodes in to Five’s reign of terror however, there’s two things for certain: she might be capable of providing the former, but she’s definitely not providing the former (yet). And honestly, I’m at a loss here because the potential and the results just don’t match up, and it’s a jarring inconsistency that makes me shake my head.
Point in fact, considering Five’s ability to lure Sphinx into an arena of her choosing, her getting duped so easily by Twelve’s hacks comes in as rather comical. One could reason Twelve’s synesthesia gave him a distinct advantage in this regard, but it shouldn’t have. Five knows exactly who they are, what they want, and how they’ll act. Combine that with the setup time she received, and there’s just no feasible reason for Twelve being able to slip away so easily, let alone be able to easily locate and bypass their connected lines so easily (no security at such an obvious access point?). It should’ve never gotten to a point where Lisa’s involvement could’ve played any significant role in the first place, yet it did, and it did so in barely a third of the episode.
That said, one could reason that Five went through this with the belief that even if Nine did find her, there’s no way he’d shoot her. Thus, the end game with the plane and the bomb would remain the same no matter what. It’s still a bit of a stretch considering how she reacted to Twelve’s disappearance—she clearly intended to have him captured—but it could be a valid argument nonetheless. The problem here lies in the fact that she didn’t account for Shibazaki’s interference, which when combined with the sloppy job from the special assault team to derail her “intricately laid plans.” There’s an explanation here that she simply considered Shibazaki and the rest of the Police Department as too incompetent to act, but at this point we’re talking about a lot of ifs.
For better and for worse, suspension of disbelief is definitely an increasing factor within this show. There’s the feeling that we (or at least, I) may have gotten the wrong impression of what kind of show Zankyou no Terror is however, and I guess it’s something that’ll just require some expectation calibrations to get through. After all, the aforementioned doesn’t change the fact that the show remains constantly a good watch—especially in regards to Watanabe’s depiction of terrorist acts. The whole idea of using a plane as a mobile, airport targeting bomb was plain (oh the jokes) over the top, and it’s still pleasantly surprising how Watanabe not only doesn’t have qualms depicting such incidents, but also in thinking them up to be used in the first place.
Looking forward especially, there’s a lot more to see here as well. Ranging from how Five’ll exploit Lisa’s involvement to the measures that’ll be taken against Shibazaki, it reasons that there’s a lot of entertainment still to be had—even if it might require some more suspension of disbelief to stomach some of the actual developments. Either way, I know I’ll be continuing to watch to see how it all ends, but if we ever look back and try to look for a point where the views on this show diverged, I’d say this would be it.